Find alternatives to Champlain Express
The state Public Service Commission (PSC) held hearings on Oct. 20 concerning changes to the proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) transmission corridor that would pass through the Capital Region en route from Quebec to Queens in New York City. All speakers were against CHPE as proposed. Rockland County residents, long actively opposing CHPE, once again asked the PSC to respond to their many unanswered written questions about the line and PSC processes.
CHPE is a continuously changing project. Earlier this year, the PSC approved without hearings an increase in CHPE’s capacity from 1 billion to 1.25 billion watts.
Proposed in 2010 by a Blackstone-owned subsidiary, Transmissions Developers LLC, CHPE developers now seek PSC approval for an interconnection in Albany County to power lines from central New York, and to reconfigure the Queens site.
Despite the PSC and CHPE asserting the 25% capacity increase and the two latest proposed changes are insignificant, each is important enough to mandate preparation of a new environmental impact statement.
Why import Quebec government-owned and subsidized power from 1,000 miles away, literally destroy rivers, poison Native peoples and increase greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, damage the Hudson River and its aquatic life, and needlessly export perhaps $1 billion annually to Canada for electricity?
Instead, let’s put New Yorkers to work on appropriately sited and scaled solar and wind generation, energy efficiency and conservation.
Seniors grateful to Boghosians for help
In March 2020, the town of Milton took over the Milton Community Center. They had problems with their town hall and had to move all town of Milton offices into the Milton Community Center. This move displaced the senior citizens, leaving them no place to meet or do activities.
While I was looking for a place to meet, Tom Boghosian approached me and offered the seniors a place to meet and do some activities at 15 Treible Ave. in the Hannaford Plaza.
This property is a rental store/gym that the Boghosian Brothers have that was not being rented at the time. We made arrangements to use this rental space, and the Boghosian Brothers let us have this space free of charge! I cannot say enough how much this has meant to the seniors. From November 2020 to the end of October 2021, we used the gym.
They finally found another paying tenant, so we had to move out again. The Boghosian Brothers stepped up and helped the seniors. They opened and closed the building for us and allowed us to use the premises several days a week, again at no charge to us.
I wish to say a very big thank you to the Boghosian Brothers for their generosity to the Ballston Spa area seniors. Their generosity and support prove that there are still good people out there who care about the seniors. Again many thanks to the Boghosian Brothers for their generosity.
The writer is president of the Ballston Area Seniors.
Glad that council is addressing statue
I am very glad to see the Schenectady City Council is taking on the relocation effort for Lady Liberty back to her original location.
There are many of us that find her current location to be shameful and not at all visible as the mayor seems to think.
If her only purpose in Liberty Park was to be urinated on, what does that say for putting the pride sculpture there?
Let me also say that if I were a voter in Schenectady, the mayor would not get my vote.
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